BOOK TALK WITH JOHN BRYAN & ROB CARTER
America's Favorite Flies
America's Favorite Flies, a book by Rob Carter and John Bryan, is a landmark gathering of 224 fly-fishers from across North America, each of whom has provided a favorite fly along with comments and materials. The book contains stunning photographs of the flies, approximately 100 artworks by some of North America's most beloved outdoor artists, and writings by a compelling list of participants, including President Jimmy Carter, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, fly-fishing matriarch Joan Wulff, rock musician Huey Lewis, artist James Prosek, and author Tom McGuane. All profits from the book go to two organizations whose work benefits healthier fisheries and waters: the James River Association and the Native Fish Society. The authors have donated the original questionnaires, flies, and other original materials gathered for the book to the Library of Virginia, and the collection will be made available to researchers. A book signing follows the talk. For more information on this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.692.3813.
True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.
For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.